- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 9, 2002

Maryland ticket video believed to be hijacker
Ziad Jarrah believed to have piloted United Airlines Flight 93, the hijacked airliner that crashed into the Pennsylvania countryside on September 11 was pulled over by Maryland State Police two days earlier for speeding, according to a police video released yesterday.
In the video, aired at a televised news conference in Pikesville, Md., Jarrah's red Mitsubishi Galant is shown being pulled over during a traffic stop by Trooper Joseph Catalano shortly after midnight on Sept. 9, 2001.
Police had clocked the vehicle at 90 miles per hour in a 65-mph zone along Interstate 95 in Maryland. He was issued a $270 ticket and let go.
At the time he was pulled over, Mr. Jarrah "was not on the radar screen" of any agency as suspicious, police said.

Justice identifies illegal aliens
The Justice Department yesterday said it has identified about 6,000 Middle Eastern men who have ignored deportation orders and made their arrest a top priority in efforts to find foreigners illegally remaining in the United States.
Department spokesman Dan Nelson said the men are from nations U.S. officials consider strongholds for members of Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda terrorist network. Most of the more than 300,000 people ignoring deportation orders are from Latin America.
The latest effort stems from a broader initiative by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service to crack down on foreign nationals who have remained in the country illegally.

Son testifies at father's trial
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. A 12-year-old boy whose father beat another man to death at a youth hockey practice defended his dad on the witness stand yesterday, saying he saw him land only three quick blows.
Thomas Junta, 44, fidgeted with his hands and sometimes bit his lip as his son, Quinlan, testified at the manslaughter trial.
Mr. Junta has said he acted in self-defense when he beat Michael Costin, 40, into unconsciousness after an argument over rough play at their sons' hockey practice in Reading in 2000.
The boy's testimony was consistent with that of two prosecution witnesses who said they saw Mr. Junta hit Mr. Costin in the head three times.

Man jailed for years is ordered freed
PHILADELPHIA A man jailed for nearly seven years for contempt of court for refusing to turn over $2.5 million in his divorce case has been ordered freed.
The imprisonment of H. Beatty Chadwick has stretched into one of the longest on record for civil contempt.
"The duration of his imprisonment has crossed the line from coercive to punitive, and requires his release," wrote U.S. District Judge Norma A. Shapiro. The judge ordered him freed on Feb. 2 unless her order is appealed.

Agreement reached in desegregation case
YONKERS, N.Y. A tentative agreement has been reached in a 16-year-old school desegregation lawsuit that will pump $300 million into the Yonkers' school system over the next five years, officials said yesterday.
The deal requires the approval of U.S. District Judge Leonard Sand, who in 1985 ordered the city to desegregate its 24,000-student school system and build subsidized housing in predominantly white sections of the city, just north of New York City.

State may forgo Yates death penalty
HOUSTON The state is willing to forgo the death penalty for Andrea Yates if she accepts responsibility for drowning her five children in the bathtub, a prosecutor disclosed yesterday as the questioning of prospective jurors got under way.
Mrs. Yates, 37, confessed to police that on June 20 she drowned her children, ranging in age from 6 months to 7 years, but she has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Her attorneys say she has a severe form of postpartum depression.

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